The list of former ESPN analysts who wind up at FS1 just keep growing. Skip Bayless, Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock, Charissa Thompson and now Hall of Fame wide receiver and NFL analyst Cris Carter.
“Cris is one of sports media’s most-respected NFL analysts with a track record of offering thought-provoking commentary on television for nearly 15 years,” said Whit Albohm, Vice President, Daily Studio Production for FS1 in the release. “His incredibly successful playing career and years of broadcast experience make him uniquely well-positioned to provide insight on the NFL that viewers would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.”
Carter was welcomed to FS1 on Tuesday by Skip Bayless, who announced the hiring on Undisputed.
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Carter ran into trouble at ESPN for telling NFL rookies to “get a fall guy” and for blindly speculating about what drugs players were taking. He was also prone to hot takes such as blaming Geno Smith’s leadership for the quarterback getting punched in the face. While these sorts of off-color comments probably tested the patience of the ESPN brass, FS1 tends to be a little bit more welcoming of, um, controversial voices.
And it’s not as if Carter has nothing to offer. He was an incredible receiver who (seemingly) remains well-connected within the league. And he had some very bright moments at ESPN, such when he got emotional talking about Adrian Peterson’s alleged child abuse.
We’ll see whether Carter fits in at FS1 and whether any more former ESPNers will follow him there.